Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

A Practical “Visual–Mental Math” strategy for your Child with Special Needs!

I think you know by now that I like strategies that work and if they are simple….all the better!  I know from experience, if something is too complicated, staff is so busy and stressed out these days that to try and learn one more thing or to try and incorporate one more strategy sometimes is simply just too much to ask!!! Am I right??? With that said, when I saw […]

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Do You Know the Secret To Effectively Train Your Classroom Assistants?

Wouldn’t it be nice if every child in a special education classroom could get direct instruction from the classroom teacher all day long? Yes, it would be amazing! Not because we don’t value our classroom assistants, but because the classroom teacher has gone through college level instruction, student teaching under the guidance of a certified teacher, in addition to teaching experiences and continuing professional development opportunities. Teachers in special education […]

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How To Know When To Push The Panic Button With A Late Talker!

As you may imagine, I get lots of questions via e-mail and on my You Tube channel about all kinds of things. Sometimes the questions are related to my weekly videos and sometimes the questions are simply about how to handle the challenges that parents/grandparents/teachers/other special education staff/administrators/business owners are going through at the moment. I enjoy helping you find solutions to difficult situations. Why? Because that means I helped […]

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An APP That Is So Cool for Teens To Practice Typical Social Conversations!!!

  Do you have a teen who just doesn’t know how to have a conversation with someone? Don’t you wonder how they got this far without SOMEONE teaching them something simple like basic social skills with peers??? I wonder that each and every time I discover a student who is in middle school or high school, but doesn’t have a clue how to have a conversation about something as simple […]

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Are You Lifting Children with Special Needs The Right Way?

OK, if you are living with or working with a child who has special needs, chances are you’ve done your share of lifting, pulling, pushing, and moving both a child and/or equipment. Am I right? My question today is…..are you doing it correctly? One of the job hazards of working with children who have special needs is how physical it can be. The level of physical intervention can take its […]

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Three Powerful Mantras To Guide You When Working With Children With Special Needs!

We’re all busy. We forget things we shouldn’t.   We tell staff to do things and they forget also. Let’s just face it…. it’s hard to remember everything that we’re supposed to do, especially in the heat of the moment. I have found that using mantras helps to bridge that gap between knowing what to do and actually doing what I’m supposed to do. In today’s video, I’m sharing three mantras […]

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Here’s the Perfect Strategy for The Child Who Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder!

Don’t you just love it when you find a strategy that works Almost every time you use it? I have found that to be true with many of the evidence based practices like when I use a work system or when I use the token board or the First/Then strategy. It dawned on me this week that I’ve been using a GREAT strategy for those students with ODD that I […]

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How To Make Your Own Kinetic Sand for Pennies On The Dollar!!!

I recently went to a wonderful presentation sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center For Autism (IRCA) on sensory ideas that was presented by two multi-talented Occupational Therapists, Kristi Jordan and Cheryl Boucher. Among many other things presented, one BIG IDEA I got from their presentation is that sensory seeking children need THREE BIG MEALS of sensory a day and several “snacks” of sensory throughout the day. I never thought of […]

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Are You Looking for A Social Skills App for Older Students With Special Needs?

Do you get as frustrated as I do at times when you are looking for an app for older students and can’t find much? I love the variety of apps I can get for our younger students. There must me hundreds of apps for learning the ABCs, counting, matching, stories for young children etc, etc, etc, but when I’m looking for something for our older students it’s been difficult to […]

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Body Sock + Me = Sensory Fun!

I’ve been helping teachers find a variety of sensory solutions for their students on the autism spectrum for years. I’ve recommended things like jars with interesting smells, play tables with sand, water and pasta, weighted vests and trampolines. All of these things and more, yet until just recently I had never actually seen one sensory item that has tons of sensory benefits….the body sock. I had never actually seen one […]

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